Students show off at technology showcase in Lansing – The Oakland Press

Students and educators representing schools across the state demonstrated how technology can enhance teaching and learning at the 21st annual Student Technology Showcase.

Heritage Hall at the State Capitol hosted lawmakers, business leaders and K-12 students to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms.

“The project has evolved as technology has evolved. Initially, students brought in clunky desktop computers and Palm Pilots. Today, they bring paper-thin computer screens, electronic tablets and iPhones,” said Ric Wiltse, executive director, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, one of the event sponsors. “School teams find enormous value in the planning as well as participation. Students come prepared to explain their technology demonstration to legislators, visitors and other students.”

Four schools from Oakland county sent teams to demonstrate what they have been creating.

Carrie Taub Roth, design center specialist at Roosevelt Elementary in West Bloomfield, and her students created projects and demonstrated with a tech tool called littleBits.

The tool uses magnets and electricity to create simple circuits. One student group created a flashlight and the other an alarm clock.

“This is a project that I work on every year with the third and fourth graders at Roosevelt,” said Roth. “The (tools) are a great way to reinforce and introduce the concepts they are learning in class in a creative way.”

This is Roosevelt’s sixth year presenting at the event.

“It is a great way for student’s to show the Legislature how they are using technology in the classroom to reinforce curriculum, but to get them career and college ready from the youngest of ages,” said Roth.  “Coding and robotics are an integral skill for students to learn and help them to see themselves in potential careers and get excited about college.”

Technology demonstrated ranged from Lego League robotics, computer coding, web design, interactive animations, podcasting, adaptive gaming devices for students with disabilities, laser cutting and 3-D printing, robotics and cube satellites.

Ashley Proulx, a third-grade teacher at Schoolcraft Elementary in Waterford had  students demonstrate VEXGO labs they currently host as an after school club.  The lab features problem-based learning for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) curriculum that includes robotics, computer coding and design, and engineering.

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